My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Every once in a while I want a good pirate story; it is a product of growing up on Cape Cod. Now Elizabeth Hoyt’s Scandalous Desires came up on my library search and while it wasn’t what I was expecting it was more than a pleasant surprise.
“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is a river pirate; he takes a tithe of every ship that docks in port. He rules the worst of London’s neighborhood, St. Giles, and fills his palace with treasure and cutthroats. Mickey takes what he wants and keeps what’s his with quick and cruel punishment so that even the hardest shipman not dare cross him. The problem arrives when both he and the Widow Silence Hollingbrook, who helps run the local orphanage, claim rights to Mickey’s daughter.
Hoyt captures me on the first page. First off, she names her heroine, Silence, when the women clearly can’t keep her mouth shut to save her life. I love it! Second, Mickey O’Connor’s singsong Irish brogue would melt any woman’s heart; be he a pirate or not, that man could talk a nun into walking into Hell with a smile on her face.
This third book in the Maiden Lane series is a battle of wills from the very beginning. Not only between the two main characters but within themselves. Both Silence and Mickey have their personal demons real and imagined that have to be slain before they can find true love. This book will make you laugh. It will make you cry. And it will flame a passion hot enough to burn the pages.
Whoever said that you had to go to sea to find a pirate! Hoyt conveniently provides all the dangerous, thieving, heartwarming pirates you’ll ever need on the banks of the Thames River.
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